Wednesday Words: Year 3 vocabulary teaching activity

It's Wednesday so we're celebrating the wonder of words. Each week, we bring you a fun, flexible and creative vocabulary teaching activity that you can be easily implemented in the classroom. The activities are all taken from Rising Stars Vocabulary, a new programme that will build essential vocabulary skills for Reception to Year 6. Each teaching unit is based around a collection of linked focus words which your pupils will explore through meaningful activities.

Wednesday Words: Can we explore adverbs in fiction?

This week's activity is for Year 3 (although it could be used with other year groups). It uses Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. to introduce adverbs.

This activity is taken from a wider teaching unit in which children explore the way that the characters in Alice in Wonderland speak to each other as well as other adverbs made with the suffix -ly. You can download the whole unit here



Meet the Words

 
  • Explain that you are going to read an extract from Alice in Wonderland. Alice has been walking through Wonderland and has arrived at the March Hare’s house. There is a very unusual tea party happening!
 
  • Before reading the story, write the words below on the whiteboard. Ask the children to read each of these words and then explain the meanings.
          dormouse: a small animal that looks like a mouse
          armchair: a big, comfortable chair
          civil: polite
 
  • Read the extract from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and encourage the children to follow in their copies.
 
  • Explain to the children that there are a lot of clues in the story about how strange the tea party is. E.g. point out that the Dormouse is being used as a cushion, and the characters are all crowded in one small part of the table. Ask the children to see if they can find any other strange things about the tea party in the story.


This activity is taken from a wider teaching unit in which children explore the way that the characters speak to each other as well as other adverbs made with the suffix -ly. You can download the whole unit here

Buy Rising Stars Vocabulary here.

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English, English and Literacy, English and Writing, english teaching, vocabulary

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